I have travelled to Mexico via the typical and very over done “All-Inclusive Resort” and I have vacationed as well by renting a condo from a Canadian couple that have a few such properties in the areas of the Mayan Riviera and Cancun, Mexico. Either way you decide to go, you will truly enjoy the Latin Style adventure waiting for you.
On the south and west, it borders the Pacific Ocean, on the east, Guatemala, and of course, on the north, the United States. It’s the 5th largest country within the Americas, with a population exceeding 113 million, and the largest Spanish speaking country within the Americas per capita.
In pre-Columbian Mexico, many civilizations merged to create the great population and culture the country boasts today. Its history dates back hundreds of years and though wars have been fought on the current fertile land, since 2006, when the opposition won the presidency from the Revolutionary Institutional Party, the country has been in a constant drug war. This is not to say that it is unsafe to travel and vacation in Mexico. It is still to this day, one of the most beautiful and richly cultured countries south of the US border. From flowers, to culinary paradises, to warm smiles and to the most wondrous of protected Conservation Parks, Mexico offers much more than just “fun in the sun and on the beach.” You should always be careful wherever you travel and vacation to, for both you and your family. Try not to stray from the main cities or involve yourself in anything that is not part of your travel agent’s agenda. Stay within the resort and the immediate confines of the suggested tourists sites closest to your condo or villa rental. Ensure you are on time for landing or boarding for trips and short jaunts on local area ferries, cruises or bus tours. Basically: travel smart.
My favourite part of Mexico is the cuisine. I love the traditional dishes like: burritos, enchiladas and the various types of mole sauces range, depending upon the region, like any old fashioned Italian pasta sauce. The resorts we have visited i.e. Moon Palace in Cancun, were well equipped with so many delicious meals, every day it was something new (from traditional style nachos to tacos, to sautéed yucca and butternut squash called “Frita”). The condo we rented offered us 3 meals during our week’s stay that were prepared on site by a local hired by the owners. The dinners were traditional: Birria (steamed Beef), Tamales (steamed dough with a filling), and Carnitas (juicy fried pork).
To even begin to list the places I visited in all my trips down to Mexico would be a very, very long list. The exceptional spots that I do remember were: zip lining in the Mayan Riviera, visiting Colema, an active volcano, north of Manzanillo, the eco-theme park Xcaret in Cancun, and the paradise island of Cozumel, just a short boat ride from Cancun.
I truly hope to return to Mexico again one day soon. I think it is both beautiful and culture rich. I always was impressed with how service oriented the people in making my stay as fun and flavourful as possible. It certainly is a wonderful Latin adventure.
February 15, 2013